2022 Honda Classic Betting Odds & 5 Picks for Russell Knox, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, More

2022 Honda Classic Betting Odds & 5 Picks for Russell Knox, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, More article feature image

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Sungjae Im+1200
Daniel Berger+1600
Brooks Koepka+1800
Joaquin Niemann+1800
Louis Oosthuizen+1800
Billy Horschel+2000
Tommy Fleetwood+2500
Shane Lowry+3000
Alex Noren+3300
Keith Mitchell+3300
Brian Harman+4000
Matthew Wolff+4000
Jhonattan Vegas+4000
Matt Jones+4000
Mito Pereira+4000
Aaron Wise+5000
Cameron Young+5000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+5000
Denny McCarthy+5000
Mackenzie Hughes+5000
Russell Knox+5000
Taylor Moore+5000
Chris Kirk+5000
Patrick Reed+5000
Ryan Palmer+5000
Gary Woodland+6600
K.H. Lee+6600
C.T. Pan+6600
Lee Westwood+6600
Lucas Glover+6600
Nicolai Hojgaard+6600
Rickie Fowler+6600
Charles Howell III+6600
Brendon Todd+8000
Ian Poulter+8000
Lucas Herbert+8000
Michael Thompson+8000
Aaron Rai+8000
Dylan Frittelli+8000
Garrick Higgo+8000
Greyson Sigg+8000
Taylor Pendrith+8000
Zach Johnson+8000
Brendan Steele+10000
Hudson Swafford+10000
Mark Hubbard+10000
Martin Kaymer+10000
Nick Taylor+10000
Sam Ryder+10000
Stewart Cink+10000
Adam Svensson+12500
Alex Smalley+12500
Beau Hossler+12500
Chad Ramey+12500
Davis Riley+12500
Doug Ghim+12500
Harry Higgs+12500
Kevin Streelman+12500
Lee Hodges+12500
Matthew NeSmith+12500
Matthias Schwab+12500
Patrick Rodgers+12500
Sepp Straka+12500
Austin Smotherman+15000
Camilo Villegas+15000
David Lipsky+15000
Doc Redman+15000
Hayden Buckley+15000
J.J. Spaun+15000
J.T. Poston+15000
John Huh+15000
Kramer Hickok+15000
Rory Sabbatini+15000
Ryan Armour+15000
Satoshi Kodaira+15000
Vince Whaley+15000
Danny Willett+15000
Henrik Stenson+15000
Adam Schenk+20000
Brandon Hagy+20000
Dylan Wu+20000
Hank Lebioda+20000
Kevin Tway+20000
Nate Lashley+20000
Nick Hardy+20000
Padraig Harrington+20000
Peter Uihlein+20000
Robert Streb+20000
Roger Sloan+20000
Sung Kang+20000
Trey Mullinax+20000
Luke Donald+20000
Anirban Lahiri+25000
Brian Stuard+25000
Brice Garnett+25000
Bronson Burgoon+25000
Charl Schwartzel+25000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat+25000
Kyle Stanley+25000
Nick Watney+25000
Stephan Jaeger+25000
Vaughn Taylor+25000
Andrew Novak+30000
Bill Haas+30000
Jason Dufner+30000
Jimmy Walker+30000
Justin Lower+30000
Wesley Bryan+30000
Chase Seiffert+30000
Austin Cook+35000
Ben Kohles+35000
Chris Stroud+35000
Jared Wolfe+35000
Kurt Kitayama+35000
Paul Barjon+35000
Brett Drewitt+40000
Brian Gay+40000
Callum Tarren+40000
Curtis Thompson+40000
Jim Herman+40000
Joshua Creel+40000
Kelly Kraft+40000
Martin Trainer+40000
Max McGreevy+40000
Michael Gligic+40000
Richy Werenski+40000
Seth Reeves+40000
Tyler McCumber+40000
Andrew Kozan+40000
Sam Stevens+40000
Brandon Wu+50000
Chase Koepka+50000
David Skinns+50000
Dawie van der Walt+50000
Erik Compton+50000
Grayson Murray+50000
Jim Knous+50000
Seung-Yul Noh+50000
William McGirt+50000
Rick Lamb+50000
Fabian Gomez+60000
Martin Contini+75000
Kyle Westmoreland+100000
Alan Morin+200000

It wasn't a good week at the Genesis since I wasn't on Joaquin Niemann.

So now our attention heads out to Florida for the first time this year. The shift to the other coast can lead to some value at times for guys who feel more comfortable playing out east as opposed to the California courses.

The Florida swing opens this year at PGA National with the Honda Classic, which has been a good spot in the past for us with a Matt Jones first round leader bet last year and the Keith Mitchell outright a few years earlier.

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The Course

PGA National always ranks as one of the most difficult stops on TOUR.

This par 70 measures 7,110 yards and presents danger at basically every turn. Water is in play on virtually each hole, forcing players to utilize a more conservative style.

It also starts the Florida swing and a shift to Bermuda greens, which will come as a welcome change to players who struggled on the bumpy Poa Annua prevalent on the West Coast.

While it isn’t a long course, bombers who can stay dry have had an advantage the last few years. Mitchell and Brooks Koepka were in the top-two spots a couple years ago, while Justin Thomas and Luke List went to a playoff the year before.

If big hitters can keep the ball in play off the tee, they’ll set up a lot of birdie opportunities to offset the bogeys that can litter the scorecard here.

The Favorites

The 2020 champ, Sungjae Im, opens at the top of the board between +1000 and +1200 depending on where you look. So far in his career, he's had a tendency to play better once the TOUR shifts coasts, so his good run of form in California could be a sign of bigger things to come this year.

Daniel Berger, Louis Oosthuizen and Joaquin Niemann come in between +1600 and +1800. Berger has by far the best track record here, finishing inside the top 5 twice, including a playoff loss to Padraig Harrington in 2015. Health is still the question there. He said his back is fine, but the missed cut in Phoenix means I'll be waiting to see some positive signs before going back that direction.

Brooks Koepka and Billy Horschel highlight the +2000s range. Koepka and Horschel have both played well here at times, but with so much trouble in play, they've also thrown in some missed cuts as well.

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The Mid-Tier

We'll open here with Christiaan Bezuidenhout at +5500 on bet365. He's had a good run so far early in the year, but has shown so far that he's a better putter on Bermuda. He's also going to catch my attention on any tough course that requires a good short game after he won at Valderrama fairly easily a few years ago.

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I'm also going with Russell Knox at +6500 on DraftKings. Knox has played well here in the past, finishing top three twice, but it's been awhile since he's shown that type of game at PGA National. His approach has been in good shape so far this year and led to some consistent results out west on courses like Torrey and Riviera that shouldn't really suit his style.

We'll take another chance here with Denny McCarthy at +6600 on PointsBet. McCarthy is going to have to rely on the short game to contend, but a third-place finish last year shows this is a course where he can compete. He's also a noticeably better putter on Bermuda. The ball striking will always be average at best, but he's shown signs of life there as well with top-15 finishes at the Amex and Pebble Beach.

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I'll finish this range with Chris Kirk at +7000 on DraftKings. On shorter courses with a weaker field and no poa, Kirk always pops up for me. He played well a couple weeks ago in Phoenix, finishing 14th. He's also gained strokes off the tee in every event in 2022. This was the part of the schedule he got rolling a year ago, finishing inside the top 25 in five of six starts between Pebble Beach and Harbour Town, so I'll keep an eye on him for the near future at least while we head to places he's had recent success.

The Longshots

This is a spot where a big number can hit. Four of the last nine winners were 200-1 or higher. With so much trouble, even the steadiest ball strikers can have a mistimed approach and card a big number, which appears to lead to more randomness atop the leaderboard.

My one longshot will be Paul Barjon at 500-1 on bet365. Barjon has been driving the ball well, gaining strokes in seven straight events off the tee. The rest of the game has been inconsistent, but he's gained strokes in each category at different times in 2022. He's also had a recent taste of contention when he placed 10th at the Amex.

The Honda Card

  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout +5500 (.6 units)
  • Russell Knox +6500 (.5 units)
  • Denny McCarthy +6600 (.5 units)
  • Chris Kirk +7000 (.47 units)
  • Paul Barjon +50000 (.07 units)

Total Stake: 2.14 units

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